“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”
Do you remember or have you ever seen an old typewriter? As you typed, you had to watch as your letters came closer to the margin on the paper. When you arrived, you had to push the return button to get to the next line and continue typing. Many years later we type on computers that know when we are at the margin and automatically send our letters to the next line. We do not have to consciously pay attention; it is figured out for us.
A lot like the computer, we are not consciously paying attention. We are allowing the ways of the world to think for us and before we know it, we have forgotten how to make intentional choices. We are trusting in the world instead of God.
In Scripture, Jeremiah had confronted people with the dangers of false gods. The people of Judah were not flourishing and had no strength to draw from. However, there were others who were trusting God’s strength for their needs and the needs of others. We are a lot like the people of Judah. Like a tree without water, we are withering away. We have lost our strength and need to own our thoughts and return our attention to God. He is our source of strength and water for our soul. When we intentionally choose to turn our attention toward Him, we will live in abundance.